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How are SPARS products packaged for shipment?

Apparel products are generally packaged in post-consumer recycled (PCR) polymer mailers. If there’s more than one product, after putting each item in its own separate transparent polymer bag, we then place them all together in a PCR polymer mailer. 

PCR plastics are made from items people recycle every day, like plastic bags and bottles. Most of our PCR plastics are made from shopping bags and wrapping films.

The amount of PCR in the packaging differs for each fulfillment location, but it’s at least 50% for the outside (white or grey) poly mailer bags and at least 30% for the inside (clear) bags used in multi-item shipments.

 

Are the packaging materials recyclable?

Depending on the product type and fulfillment location, your products are packaged in post-consumer-recycled (PCR) plastic mailers, kraft mailers, or cardboard boxes.

PCR plastic mailers are made from low-density polyethylene (LDPE), categorized as number 4-coded plastic. This material is recyclable, but number 4-coded plastic doesn’t usually belong in an everyday recycling bin. Typically, it has to be recycled at designated drop-off points.

We suggest contacting your local waste management service provider and asking for instructions on sorting 4-coded plastic.

Kraft mailers and cardboard boxes are also recyclable and can be sorted in the paper recycling bins.

Remember!

It’s always good practice to research what kind of materials belong in your recycling bins. If you recycle the wrong material, it can contaminate the entire batch.

 

Are SPARS packaging materials sustainable?

We know sustainable packaging is important to our customers, and we’re committed to finding the most sustainable solutions we can. 

The share of recycled plastic per bag depends on each facility, but it’s at least 50% for the outside (white or grey) packaging and at least 30% for the inside (clear) bags that are used in multi-item shipments.

PCR packaging protects the products just as well as the virgin plastic bags, and they look almost the same. However, choosing PCR plastic over virgin plastic is the right thing to do to minimize the environmental impact plastic has on our planet.

We’re continuously working on becoming more sustainable, and we’ll keep exploring greener packaging options in the future.